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The New York Knicks have a lot to consider before the 2018 NBA Draft, but according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, they already have three of the top small forward prospects in mind.

Jeff Hornacek told reporters this week he believes the New York Knicks should target a small forward in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft. Whether or not Hornacek is around next year remains to be seen, but it appears the front office agrees with his assessment.

ESPN’s Ian Begley dropped some knowledge on Twitter on Friday with the news that the Knicks view Kentucky’s Kevin Knox “as a potential draft target.” Per Begley, some in the organization also like Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges.

All three of these prospects are regarded as lottery picks when June comes around. ESPN NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony has Mikal Bridges, and Miles Bridges ranked the 9th and 10th best prospects respectively. Knox is ranked 14th.

It’s also worth noting that Givony has New York taking Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the 9th pick in his latest mock draft. The possibility of going with another position is also on the table. A certain former Sooner, perhaps?

The Trae Young rumors are dying down–following Stephen A. Smith leading the charge for New York to draft the Oklahoma star–and right now the small forward spot is where the team is looking.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.